An ultra-powerful, modular CAD solution for the development of both products and the tools to manufacture them.

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CATIA V5 Engineering Excellence is an extended set of CATIA V5 applications for the creation and management of sophisticated mechanical projects, including part design, sheetmetal, tooling, assembly design, functional tolerances and annotations, kinematics and fitting simulation, DMU review, advanced surface design, and more.

Start a new design and engineering journey while mitigating risk, by providing your team with extensive 3D modeling solutions, by protecting IP as well as CATIA V5 skills, by bringing new collaborators into the overall design and engineering process.

CATIA Engineering Excellence is the ultimate one-stop shop for CATIA V5 engineers, leveraging the free-of-charge 3DEXPERIENCE Social Collaboration Services (if implemented).


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Specification-driven modeling for solid, hybrid, and sheetmetal part design, assembly design and integrated drafting.

Highly-intuitive tools to easily create, validate, and modify any type of surfaces, from freeform surfaces to mechanical shapes.

Easily automate and validate design and manufacturing data. Capture and reuse of corporate know-how.

Simultaneously design and integrate electrical, fluid, and mechanical systems within a 3D digital mock-up while optimizing space allocation.

Accurately size design and quickly evaluate real-world performance with realistic simulation integrated into the design environment.

Plan, detail, simulate, and optimize machining activities with industry-proven NC manufacturing tools.

Work in a scalable collaborative environment with multi-CAD compatibility and integrated PLM solutions.

Leverage a complete set of tools, guides, and APIs to support the development process, from the initial product definition to the final product packaging.

Which CATIA V5 ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE bundle is right for you?

This baseline CATIA V5 bundle contains powerful part and assembly modeling, drafting, sheet metal, tooling, and technical spec review capabilities.

CATIA V5 Mechanical enhances part modeling, assembly, and spatial review capabilities, adds advanced features for molded part design, kinematics simulation, and more.

CATIA V5 Mechanical & Shape adds even more functionality to molded part creation, advanced freeform and stylized surfacing.


Did you know there's been a major new version of CATIA since CATIA V5?  It's called 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA, and it provides a host of modern features to enable competitive engineering.

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  • Provides a highly scalable and open platform for collaborative product development, combining the best of the current CATIA technologies with new generation standards.

  • Helps existing CATIA Version 4 customers take advantage of the advanced technologies of Version 5 while preserving their investment in V4 data.

  • Address 2D design and drawing production requirements, offering a highly productive and intuitive interactive drafting system.

  • Generate drawings from 3D part and assembly designs with assistance to manage complex schema.

  • Integrated capability to share 2D drafting information between the CATIA-CADAM Drafting and V5 drafting products.

  • Part Design 1

  • Helps users working in a heterogeneous CAD/CAM environment to exchange data through the neutral IGES format.

  • Define mechanical assembly constraints, automatically position parts and check assembly consistency.

  • Create in-context wireframe construction elements and basic surfaces during the preliminary design phase.

  • Allow for the maximum reuse of secured intelligent feature, part, and assembly templates created using CATIA Product Knowledge Template 2.

  • Ensure the consistency and quality of designers’ work using corporate standard rules bases created with CATIA Knowledge Expert 2.

  • Allows users to read and write data in STEP AP214 and STEP AP203 data formats.

  • Enable designers to leverage technological material specifications to produce realistic renderings of their model.

  • Enables the browsing of 2D Layout for 3D Design data in a CATIA session, without the need for an authoring license.

  • Provides the full technical platform architecture, and contains essential apps for users to collaborate with one another.

  • Connects file-based CAD such as CATIA V5 to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for use with the DS application portfolio.

  • Design advanced welded products based on process definition and rules.

  • Designs sheet metal parts in a very intuitive and productive environment, allowing concurrent engineering between the folded or unfolded representation of the part.

  • Delivers all needed features for process integration up to drafting and manufacturing (drilling, splitting, etc.) and includes a rich content through catalogs.

  • Rapidly design structures using catalogues of standard or custom sections.

  • Easy-to-use capability to visualize and perform DMU reviews of engineering analysis studies.

  • Manage and protect your intellectual property by selectively removing sensitive information prior to data exchange.

  • Provide advanced fasteners technology validation and documentation capabilities.

  • Visualize, query, and filter mechanical dimensioning and tolerancing information.

  • Design and annotate 3D model using 2D conceptual approach.

  • Define and manage tolerance specifications and annotations on 3D parts (enhanced).

  • Define and manage tolerance specifications and annotations on 3D parts (enhanced).


  • Define, simulate and analyze assembly/disassembly operations for digital product validation and animations.


  • Perform optimum DMU verification using interference detection and analysis, sectioning analysis, measurement, distance analysis and 3D geometry comparison tools.


  • Define, simulate, and analyze mechanisms for digital mock-ups of all sizes to check limits and interferences, and compute minimum distances.


  • Extends Part Design 1 capabilities to intuitively design complex parts with highly productive and robust modeling features.


  • Extends Assembly Design 1 capabilities to easily define mechanical assembly constraints, automatically position parts and check assembly consistency.


  • Create in-context, specification-driven shapes based on a combination of wireframes and extensive multiple surface features.


  • Design molded parts with great productivity and flexibility through advanced functional features such as extrude, cut, rib, boss, pocket, grill, etc.


  • Design parts and related tooling using history-free functional design approach.



  • Check the validity of imported geometry with regard to CATIA V5 modeling criteria and, if necessary, improve the topology and geometry of analyzed objects.


  • Designed for the rapid prototyping of machines working with STL files as input, helps to generate and repair meshes to obtain machinable mock-ups.



  • Quickly and easily unfold any type of free-form surfaces and develop curves on a revolution surface to define an associative flattened pattern from 3D models.


  • Design advanced shapes based on a combination of wireframe and extensive multiple surface features, with full specification capture and reuse.



  • Extend the combined wireframe and multiple surface creation features of Generative Shape Design 2 with its powerful global deformation technologies.


  • Optimizes your 3D digital model through realistic shapes resulting from simulations, or measurements, of products in operation.



  • Extend the shape and surface modelling functions of Freestyle Shaper 2 to the morphing of complex, multi-surfaces shapes.


  • Address intuitive dynamic surface creation by sweeping a profile curve along multiple guides.



  • Provides powerful surface-based tools to help designers create styled shapes and surfaces efficiently with automated multi-face curvature and tangency management.


  • Allows the integration of stylists' work (such as 2D painting) into a 3D format, as the basis for 3D virtual mock-ups.


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